Sourdough Pizza with Pesto and Cream Sauce

If you grow basil in your garden you probably know that it’s almost impossible to eat all of it by just sprinkling a little on every meal.

No, one basil plant produces A LOT and you need a real heavy hitter to eat it all up.

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Our Farmhouse in the Summer

Even though it is still technically spring, the summer weather has definitely set in.  I have been taking the kids to the pool almost daily and spending plenty of time out in the garden.

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In the kitchen, I am cooking up things that are quick and easy because we are spending so much time outside of the house. In a few months I will be thinking casseroles, quick breads and pumpkin everything, but for now the kitchen is the last place in the house I want to be.

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The garden is loaded with green tomatoes, tiny zucchini, a ton of herbs and the beginnings of pumpkins, radishes and carrots.  We just started eating my first batch of sauerkraut from the cabbage we planted in early spring.

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A Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover- Part 2 Shiplap

Shiplap!

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Oh the things husbands do for us!

Can I just say I am so happy we did this?  It makes the wall behind our bed a focal point and the project was actually easier than expected!

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To do the shiplap wall, I bought four sheets of 4’X8′ sanded plywood at 11/32″ thickness.  I had Lowes cut it in 6″ strips.  At $.25 per cut it was worth every penny.  The total cost for the project was under $100 for a 160″by 90″ wall.

My husband started at the baseboard and used one full 8′ board and cut one to fit the rest of the wall, which for our wall was right at 5 and 1/3 feet.  This left us with several scraps just under 3 feet.  If the wall had been an even 12 feet, we would have done an 8 foot and 4 foot piece in each row and had no leftover pieces, but the world is not perfect and our house is old.

Speaking of that, we also had a major bow in the plaster to contend with.  We solved that by having me hold the boards out a little, to make them even with the others, while my husband shot the nail in.

We used a nail gun and 1 and 1/4 inch 18 gauge nails.  It made the project pretty speedy! We just continued to alternate which side we used the 8 foot board on.

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After a few hours, the whole wall was done!

I would say most of the time is spent in the prep work, getting the wood and having it cut, cutting the boards to fit and notching it out in the appropriate spots, like on the corners of the baseboards and the electrical outlets.

After all that its smooth sailing!

The next night I painted the whole wall with Benjamin Moore White Dove.

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I love how it turned out!  It makes the room feel so light, bright and cozy!

As you can see from the pictures above, I already bought the bed, made the pillow shams and found one of the nightstands, but that is for another post! 😉

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes- a Guest Post for And the Kitchen Sink

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Most mornings I serve my family scrambled eggs and kefir smoothies for breakfast.  I feel good about that because the meal is packed with protein, antioxidants, and probiotics.

But, some mornings, I give in to my children’s protests and serve something a little more exciting.

Anytime I mention the word pancakes I am guaranteed morning smiles from all of my little ones.  Although this is a compromise meal I still use quality ingredients to make it a healthier choice, like pastured eggs from our chickens, raw organic milk from a local dairy, local raw honey, organic blueberries, homemade vanilla and organic whole grain flour.  At least my kids aren’t getting GMO’s and high fructose corn syrup.

Today I am going to share one of our favorite variations to this all American popular breakfast fare, lemon blueberry pancakes.

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Read the rest of the post over at And the Kitchen Sink.

A Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover- Part 1

Hello friends!  Sorry I have been a bit MIA the last couple weeks.  I recently started an Instagram account and maintaining that thing is almost like having another blog entirely. Whew!  It can be time consuming.

We have another room makeover in the works and I’m excited to tell you all about it!

When we were first married eight and half years ago, my very generous grandma offered to buy us a brand new bedroom set.  I chose a dark wood sleigh bed and the dresser, mirror, chest of drawers and nightstand to match.

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The set worked very nicely for us for several years, but in the last year or so, I found it no longer worked with my current decorating style.  I kind of moped around about it every time I thought about redecorating my bedroom, as if I was obligated to make it work.  I basically decided I would never have my bedroom decorated the way I wanted because I picked the wrong furniture set years ago. Continue reading

Keep Your Home Clutter Free- A Guest Post From Lindsey @ And the Kitchen Sink

Today Lindsey from And the Kitchen Sink is going to share three easy tips for keeping your home clutter free.

My mother was a pack rat. I grew up in a home that had WAY too many things. You had to dig through closets and drawers to find what you were looking for, things were never put away, and you could always find unfinished scrapbooks and projects all throughout the house.  However, we never noticed the amount of stuff that was really in the house until she had passed away and my Dad wanted to move.

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It was because of the experience trying to unclutter that home which led me to want to live a less cluttered life. I can tidy up my home in less than an hour if need be, and I can find everything I own. It has taken me a couple of months to get to this point. Now that my home is rid of most of the clutter, I want to keep it that way.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Paleo Bites

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Every time I try to get back to a  healthy eating plan, sugar is always the first thing to derail me.  Around mid afternoon and late evening my sweet tooth beckons me, with urgency,  to find the nearest source of chocolate.  I am powerless against it.  I will find chocolate, be it healthy or otherwise.

This recipe puts that nagging old sweet tooth in its place every. single. time.

I keep joking that I am going to pack a little cooler with me and take my little chocolate covered strawberry bites everywhere I go, so I never eat sugar again.  Might not be such a bad idea. 

The ingredients are simple and nonperishable, so if you always keep them on hand, you will have all the tools you need to fight sugar cravings.  Because they are full of healthy fats, they really do satisfy.  Continue reading

Pallet Wood Gather Sign in a Reclaimed Wood Frame

A couple months ago I was shopping at my favorite resale/antique shop when I came across this frame.

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I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but it was only two bucks and I couldn’t pass it up.

It hung on my craft room closet door like that for several weeks.

First I thought I would find a mirror to go in it and hang it in one of the bathrooms.  

Then I thought I would get a piece of glass for it and frame something for my boys’ room.

Still it just hung there.  I wondered if this would be one of those projects I neglect for years. 

Then, one day, my friend and sister made plans to get together for a girls’ craft night, something we do often to get out of the house and have some adult time.   Scrambling to procure something worth painting, I grabbed the frame and headed out to the garage.  I spotted a pile of cut up pallet wood.  The very thing!  I grabbed five pieces and set it on my husband’s work bench.

When my husband got home from work I sweet talked him into cutting, painting and screwing my pallet boards into the back of the frame.  I know he probably thinks I am crazy half the time, but he is always willing to help me with all my projects.

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I thanked my husband, grabbed my frame and headed over to my friends’ house sans children.

We got out the cricut, paint and snacks (of course) and got to crafting.

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I found this lovely font on Etsy from the shop Little Big Crafter. I used the Midnight font.

After the cricut cut it out I laid it where I wanted it and traced around the letters.

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I carefully painted inside the lines.

Here is a shot of my sister painting a welcome sign she was making.

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Im sure she’ll appreciate that photo. 😉

And here is my finished pallet wood sign…gather sign

I put it in my dining room because that is where we gather to eat all our meals three times a day. 

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Even though life is often chaotic and crazy I hope the dining room is a place where we can recharge, debrief and make memories.

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There is usually more food under it than on it after a big meal, but I hope we can gather together around our big farm table for many years to come. 

Mexican Hash with Avocado Crema

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Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo.  

Like most Americans, I have no idea what that really means, but it is a great excuse to make something Mexican.

Anytime there is a combination of avocados, salsa, sour cream and meat, I’m there!  With this recipe I’m bringing in a few ingredients that aren’t typically associated with Mexican food. It is healthy, hearty and super delicious. Continue reading

Healthy Snack Idea- Vanilla Yogurt With Honey Toasted Pecans and Blueberries

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My kids are always hungry.  It seems like every time I am washing the last breakfast dish they are already saying they are hungry again.  Actually on most days the kitchen isn’t even clean when they are asking for more food.

If I don’t have a few healthy snack options I deal with a bunch of pretty cranky kids. Continue reading

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